Pros: "Adequate diesel; handles well; good cargo room."
Cons: "Defective paint; lacking in overall quality."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"Clear coat and paint sloughing off, overall finish inside and outside is disappointing. It doesn't deliver the fuel economy I expected; it eats glow plugs; alternator and roller failed. Automatic trans has always felt a tad unsure; now may have problem developing - TBD. In some areas (i.e. trans) it was not designed with ease-of-maintenance in mind.
On the positive side, it has very adequate torque and drives and handles well. With the rear seats down, it has a surprising amount of cargo room."
Pros: "quiet and comfortable ride, good handling."
Cons: "O2 sensor needed to get replaced early"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"engine runs like it was new! 2.0 gas with standard transmission (still feels great) reliable car. quiet and almost no road noise. handling is great. ride quality is great. owning a Volkswagen is like a having a high upkeep wife. take good care of it and do all the scheduled maintenance and you will be rewarded with one of the best driving machines on the road today. treat it badly and abuse it...and it will be your worst nightmare. do your research!! besides the typical cupholders and O2 sensor going out everything else is great!! cookie cutter german design on the body. but if you can get past that its a great car!! just make sure when you plan on buying one that it is up to date on its preventive maintenance!"
Cons: "Burns oil, not good on gas, loud on highway."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"I've had this car for 3 years and im not really satisfied with it. To many little issues. The check engine light always pops up. DONT buy the 2.0 gas . Not very frugal on gas , burns oil crazy, and very lazy. Very small in the back."
Pros: "Gas Mileage, Reliability, No mechanical issues."
Cons: "Oil Pan is very sensitive when doing oil changes."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Still going strong! The car has held up well but I've maintained it well. Did the regular oil change and the only wear/tear issue I've had in the last 14 years was replacement of the gas tank. Not too shabby considering I have 170K on it. I get a bit leary of having so many miles on the car, and my other cars I've sold once I hit 150k, but this keeps going strong. May keep it around a bit longer and let it become the kids first car.
BTW - Still so much fun to drive. Guess it makes me feel a bit younger driving this car :)"